Located in the southeast of Vietnam, Phan Thiet is one of the country's most popular holiday options for a relaxing getaway. Although tourists can visit on a day trip, many prefer to stay for at least a few days to enjoy the lovely stretches of beach and the resort town of Mui Ne. Not far from Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet has experienced rapid growth in recent years particularly with the increased levels of tourism. A picturesque holiday destination home to a range of unique natural attractions, plenty of stunning beaches, a number of religious attractions as well as landmarks, Phan Thiet is a bustling fishing port that offers a wonderfully distinct atmosphere.
Phan Thiet offers a great range of holiday accommodation to suit all travellers and budgets. Known as a resort town, Phan Thiet offers a great range of affordable accommodation options however its most popular hotels and resorts tend to a more luxury standard, particularly along the beachfronts and in Mui Ne in the east. Although the Novotel is the only international standard accommodation option, there are plenty of other deluxe accommodation options that offer all the comforts and facilities you'd expect close to popular activities and attractions.
The lifestyle, location, landscapes and natural attractions are the biggest drawcards to Phan Theit however the fishing port is also home to a number of popular tourist attractions including Mui Ne Bay, Phan Thiet Beach, some local Cham ruins including the crumbing brick of Poshanu Cham Tower and the Van Thuy Tu Temple. The Nick Faldo golf course situated in the Novotel complex is a popular activity as well as kite surfing and wind surfing in the consistent conditions of Mui Ne Bay. Further north and east along the coast you'll discover unique natural attractions including the vast Red Dunes while further inland the Silver Lake offers a famous yet strangely fertile natural attraction surrounded by towering shifting sands.
The original Cham inhabitants of the area called the town 'Hamu Lithit' which roughly translates to hamlet in the field near the sea however when Vietnamese settlers arrived in the 17th century they shortened the name to Lithit and prefixed it with their trademark 'Phan', creating the name we known it as today - Phan Thiet. In the 20th Century, Phan Thiet was at the centre of the independence movement known as Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang (VNQDD) which sought independence from Vietnam's French colonial rule.